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"If you get back to Earth, and you see a man, say, in his late fifties, taking a hard, long look across a crowded room... hey, you never know."
– Richard Castillo, 2366 ("Yesterday's Enterprise")

Richard Castillo was a male Human Starfleet officer in the 24th century. By 2344, he attained the rank of lieutenant junior grade.

His mother called him "Richard".

In 2344, he served as a helmsman aboard the USS Enterprise-C under the command of Captain Rachel Garrett.

In that year, the Enterprise-C responded to a distress call from the Klingon outpost at Narendra III, which was under attack by four Romulan Warbirds. Castillo was on the bridge during the firefight and survived as the Enterprise-C was badly damaged and drifted through a temporal rift, arriving in the year 2366. He was rescued by the crew of the ship's immediate successor, the USS Enterprise-D, which was near the rift at that time. The Enterprise-D immediately started repairs, with Castillo acting as liaison while Garrett recovered in sickbay.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard informed them that the Federation was now at war with the Klingon Empire, and was on the brink of defeat. It was eventually determined that the Enterprise-C's journey through the rift had resulted in the creation of this alternate timeline, and that, if they wished to restore the proper flow of history, the Enterprise-C would have to return through the rift, in the middle of the battle with the Romulans. Despite certain death, Castillo, among many of the crew, agreed that they should return.

As the crew of the Enterprise-D assisted their counterparts in making repairs, Castillo made the acquaintance of Tasha Yar, the Enterprise-D's chief tactical officer. She taught him about the advances made during their time, what life was like, and they became close. Castillo having to leave caused a certain amount of distress for both Yar and himself, but they both knew what he had to do.

Before the Enterprise-C could depart, however, both ships came under attack by a Klingon Bird-of-Prey, resulting in Garrett's death. As the highest-ranking crewmember left alive, Castillo took command of the Enterprise-C, and prepared to take the ship back through the rift. He was surprised when Yar decided to join him and his crew, having learned that she had died a meaningless death in the other timeline. However, he welcomed her and put her on tactical. Together, they were able to take the ship through the rift and were successful in repairing the timeline. (TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise")

It is unknown if Castillo survived the attack when the Enterprise-C was sent back into the rift, although it is possible he was one of the prisoners who was taken to Romulus as revealed in "Redemption II".


Background information

Richard Castillo was played by Christopher McDonald.

The final draft script of "Yesterday's Enterprise" described Richard Castillo thus: "Castillo is ruggedly handsome, with jet black hair and fiery eyes."

The costume for Castillo included three five-year service pins, meaning that Castillo had been in Starfleet since at least 2329.

While he identified himself in dialogue as the Enterprise-C's helmsman, his replacement was order to take the conn, suggesting that he might have actually held the position of flight control officer.


In the Star Trek Online mission "Temporal Ambassador", it is revealed that the Enterprise-D's battle with the Klingons in "Yesterday's Enterprise" caused the Enterprise-C to emerge from the temporal rift in the Azure Nebula in 2409, rather than Narendra III in 2344. The alternate timeline remains in place, and the Federation has fallen to the Klingon Empire (which in turn fell to the Dominion years later). The Enterprise and her crew – including Castillo – are captured by the Tholian Assembly and held aboard a base in the Azure Nebula, where the player must help them escape and reach the temporal rift so they can return to 2344. A later mission, "Survivor" reveals that Castillo was one of the survivors of the battle and that he, along with the others, were incarcerated in a Tal Shiar prison colony. He and Yar (who was not killed as Sela believed, but thrown in the same prison) remained together for decades, until he was killed by a temporal anomaly inadvertently caused by one of the other prisoners, an alternate timeline version of Starfleet Admiral T'Nae.

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